Egyptians In Mississippi Celebrate and Ponder the Future of the Middle EastBy Jeffrey Hess | Published 11 Feb 2011 01:50pm |
Egyptians living in Mississippi are still celebrating the resignation of Hosni Mubarak...and wondering if the revolution will spread to the rest of the region. MPB's Jeffrey Hess talks with Mississippi Muslims about revolution and the future of the Middle East.
There was palpable excitement outside the Muslim Association of Mississippi in Jackson as the men digested the news of the Revolution in Egypt and considered what it might mean for other Muslim Countries.
Hussein Sadek is an Egyptian student at Jackson State University. He thinks the revolution in Egypt is a blueprint that other Muslim Countries can follow.
"If it is peaceful. And it is calling for human rights and democracy and dignity without any personal interest. Than yes, it is good," Sadek said.
Sadek says his brother and sister took an active role in the revolution and expects young people in other countries to lead their own revolutions.
Sadek Sadek is also a student and a Sudanese Muslim who is frustrated with his President...who has been in office for more than 20 years. Sadek thinks his Country will be the next for a revolution.
"I mean that is enough. Enough is enough. People should wake up. You know what I am saying? Yeah. hell yeah. People should wake up. People should shout and say 'we don't want this anymore' that is what I think is going to happen," Sadek said.
But Abdelnasser Eldek is a little more skeptical. He says other rulers in the region will not be taken by surprise in the same way Mubarak was surprised.
"Maybe in Yeman. I don't think in other countries. Especially in the Gulf for example. I don't think something like that will happen in Saudi Arabia or other countries in the gulf. Because they have a good life there, I don't think they will do this," Eldek said.
Elweseila Hamdoun lead the Friday prayer as the Imam. He says there are religious pressures in Islam that discourage vocal, visible, or violent protests.
"In Islam if there is a just Muslim ruler, there are some regulations as far as the people or the population, they should be obeying that person as long as he is following the right path," Hamdoun said.
However, Hamdoun says if a ruler leaves Islam or becomes truly unjust, then it is becomes acceptable to take more active strides, like the street protests in Egypt, to force changes within the government.
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